New Industry in Bakken?

A new gas plant near Tioga could be the start of a new industry in the Bakken region of North Dakota.That’s what the owner of the Tioga Liquefied Natural Gas Plant thinks.We told you about the plant last night – it should begin operations in September, taking natural gas from wells across the region and turning it into an fuel that can be used instead of diesel fuel to power oil rigs.As Jim Olson reports, the owner sees it as a major opportunity.When Hess Corporation announced plans to increase output from its Tioga plant recently, Patrick Hughes knew he to move.Patrick Hughes, The Prairie Companies “We love our relationship with Hess, they’ve been great to work with.”He arranged a deal for Hess to deliver processed natural gas across the road to this new liquefied natural gas plant – the plant will clean the gas and cool it into liquid for easy transportation to oil rig sites. There, the fuel will replace up to 50% of the diesel normally used to power the drilling process.Hunter Chumbley, Plum Energy “It’s great from a cost standpoint but it’s also great from an environmental standpoint. They’re not burning the gas off any more, they’re capturing it and using it and then offsetting their costs by using it.”

via New Industry in Bakken? – KXNet.com – Bismarck/Minot/Williston/Dickinson-KXNEWS,ND.

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